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    Default The versatile steelhead nymph

    Weighted steelhead nymphs are ideal for the beggining jig tier or fisherman looking for versatile patterns due to their simple construction/materials and the relative lack for a need of tools and skills. Steelhead nymphs can be adapted to varying seasons simply by changing weight, the color scheme, and the amount of flash and vibrance used. One of the most important things to remember is not to devote too much time/energy and fancy materials when tying these. Steelhead nymphs are quick to tie and don't hurt--as much--to loose to a snag. Spending more than a 30 seconds to a minute on these probably means that you will second guess pitching them into a snaggy slot or structure slewn drift. While three tools are all that are necessary I have included five that will become usefull at some point in time (the ommitable tools are the whip finisher and head cement....half-hitches do the same as a whip finisher and cement isn't all that crucial). The tools include a good vice (rotary is by no means necessary), a bobbin and strong thread (bobbins with ceramic tips are VERY nice and avoid that Kevlar crap), sharp fine point scisors, whip finisher, and head cement.

    DSCN1718 by mkalaneare, on Flickr
    The material are as basic as the tools: a 1/0 Octopus hook ( Gamakatsu are nice but Mustads sharpen up the same), large lead dumbell eyes, Krystal Flash, Cactus Chenille, and 4 marabou plumes (these feathers failed to make the grade for retail jigs but, since the tips of each feather fiber were nice they made it into my nymph bin)

    DSCN1720 by mkalaneare, on Flickr
    Begin by seating the Octopus hook securely in your vise starting your thread were you wish to place your dumbell eyes and working back slightly.

    DSCN1721 by mkalaneare, on Flickr
    Next select 3 strands of Krystal Flash folding and cutting them in half. Take the now six strands, tie them in at the middle, pulling the foreward facing strands towards the back and wrapping these down ( you should now have 12 strands of Krystal flash pointing back)

    DSCN1722 by mkalaneare, on Flickr
    Select two of your four marabou plumes and tie them in as a tail on the side of the hook closest to you--you are shooting for a tail that is as long as the hook shank (it is important that the two plumes are tied in with their tips eaven to give you a neat tail)

    DSCN1726 by mkalaneare, on Flickr
    Reapeat the last step with your secondary color on the far side of the hook, then trim off the wate material and securly wrap over the cut end.

    DSCN1727 by mkalaneare, on Flickr
    Fasten your lead eyes with a SNUG figure eight wrap untill you have a decent amount of thread built up.

    DSCN1728 by mkalaneare, on Flickr
    Now tie in your chenille (it helps to strip away the material from the core when tying this in)

    DSCN1729 by mkalaneare, on Flickr
    Wrap your chennille up to the lead eyes and then around them, one wrap on one eye and then one on the other until a desired bulk is built, tying off the chenille in front of the lead eyes.

    DSCN1730 by mkalaneare, on Flickr
    Whip finish or lay down a few half hitches, clip your thread, and cement your finishing wraps if you like. That's it! Your finished.

    DSCN1732 by mkalaneare, on Flickr

    Remember that this pattern can be altered by changing the size of you lead eyes, the amount and color of marabou used, as well as the amount of flash used. These patterns can be tied for any seasone of the year making them incredably versatile, not to meantion quick to tie....and oh yea, DEADLY!

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    Way cool!
    Agreed! Very effective!
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    Very nice Seamslayer.......those look DEADLY!!

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    I have a bunch of these without the marabou and they work darn well sometimes! nice tutorial!
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    That's cool lookin'. Reminds me of some setups I have seen used for saltwater in Florida.


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